A Piecewise Linearization Framework for Retail Shelf Space Management Models

Managing shelf space is critical for retailers to attract customers and to optimize profit. This paper develops a shelf space allocation optimization model that explicitly incorporates essential in-store costs and considers space- and cross-elasticities. The resultant model maximizes a signomial objective function over linear and bilinear constraints in mixed-integer variables. We propose a piecewise linearization … Read more

A Branch-Reduce-Cut Algorithm for the Global Optimization of Probabilistically Constrained Linear Programs

We consider probabilistic constrained linear programs with general distributions for the uncertain parameters. These problems generally involve non-convex feasible sets. We develop a branch and bound algorithm that searches for a global solution to this problem by successively partitioning the non-convex feasible region and by using bounds on the objective function to fathom inferior partitions. … Read more